This Valentine's Day Fortune 500 Companies Are In the Spirit

Out and Equal at Work, releasing this Valentine's Day, provides a new perspective on the issue of LGBT rights with an insider’s look at LGBT culture at some the most successful Fortune 500 companies.
 
The anthology delivers 36 personal stories from the lives of LGBT and ally executives. Heartwarming as well as educational, their stories detail the struggles and dangers as well as the sometimes overwhelming acceptance present in the workplace for the LGBT community.

For anyone in San Francisco, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates will be hosting a release party at Book Passage in the Ferry Building on February 12th at 6:00 p.m. We would love to have anyone come out and celebrate this beautiful collection. The more the merrier! 

Contact Grace Wright, grace@jkscommunications.com, with any questions! 

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ANTHOLOGY SHOWCASES HOW EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE ADVANCES COMPANIES
‘Out & Equal at Work’ shares stories from 36 LGBT and ally executives
 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – December 1, 2012 – Thirty-six never-been-published stories from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied business leaders make up the groundbreaking anthology Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office releasing on Valentine’s Day 2013 from the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to creating workplace equality for LGBT people.
 
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates founding executive director Selisse Berry, who edited the anthology, said the book is a reminder that “it really does get better. Out & Equal at Work is the first time that business leaders, including C-Suite executives from Fortune 500 Companies, have come together to share their personal stories of facing discrimination and forwarding LGBT equality in the workplace.” Some of these contributors lost their jobs, family, friends and some even nearly their lives. But by being their authentic selves at work, many saw their careers – and companies – blossom.
 
The anthology shows how advancing LGBT rights in the workplace helped advance Kayla Shell to her current role of Legal Director at Dell, how Maggie Stumpp found support as an executive at Prudential during her transition from male to female, how George Kalogridis bravely came out and worked his way to President of Disneyland Resort, and how some contributors dealt with multiple diversity issues like Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale, Chief Diversity Officer of Campbell Soup, as an African American woman and lesbian. Deborah Dagit, Chief Diversity Officer of Merck, shares her experience of being part of the differently-abled community and an ally to the LGBT community.
 
Readers will cheer on the many other contributors who were bullied as a youth but persevered to become wildly successful adults. Pioneers from the United Kingdom, France, Hungary, and across the United States provide unique perspectives on the state of workplace equality around the world.
 
“While some countries have better protections than the U.S., many more still have laws criminalizing homosexuality,” Berry said, adding, “Policies are only one step towards true inclusion. True change occurs when equality is no longer a piece of legislation, but the experience of real people in the workplace.”
 
Xerox Corporate Vice President Sophie Vandebroek raves “these are the stories that executives around the world should hear, coming from the brave voices of smart, successful executives who are making important contributions in business, in government and in the ways they conduct their lives with dignity and integrity.” Senator Tammy Baldwin called Out & Equal at Work “educational and inspirational,” and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was proud to share a quote in the foreword of the book.
 
Pre-release copies of the book are available online here.
 
###ENDS###
 
ABOUT OUT & EQUAL:
Founded by Executive Director Selisse Berry, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates (commonly known as “Out & Equal”) is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in San Francisco, California. Out & Equal is committed to ending employment discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Out & Equal believes that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity.
 
ABOUT OUT & EQUAL AT WORK:
A major change is underway in today’s workplace. Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office is a groundbreaking anthology which chronicles personal narratives from straight allies and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) executives and workplace leaders who have conquered adversity and ushered in policies that affirm and support the LGBT community in the workplace. The book profiles an advocacy organization located at the intersection of the private sector and a broader social movement—Out & Equal Workplace Advocates—and its visionary Founding Executive Director, Selisse Berry.

 

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